If you live in the city sometimes you don’t need to go too far away to experience nature in its full glory. As many of us do, sometimes when we feel out of touch with nature and need some sun shining on our skin, we book trips to far away countries where we are guaranteed to have no bipolar weather like the one we have in the UK . Some people even strategically decide to get married abroad in order to escape having to carry an umbrella on their big day.
Well, I almost booked a Ryanair flight to Algarve for the weekend but then decided to google “things to do in Leeds in nature”. I was determined to find somewhere to go for a day and not let the weather get in the way; luckily after a short research, Roundhay Park in Leeds became choice number one and the weather for that day ended up being fantabulus. LOL (I made that word up).
Why you should consider visiting Roundhay Park?
- You can have a nice experience for free and stay as long as you like
- Since the park is so big you can literally spend a full day there without feeling like you need to go to a different location.
- It is perfect for people that love to walk or ride their bike as there are plenty of things to discover.
- You have two options in regards to eating. Meaning you can either decide to have a picnic or eat at the Lake side cafe located close to the main car park.
- If you live in Leeds and just need a day out in nature, away from the noise of the city; it is only a twenty minutes journey away by bus from the city centre. However, it is also worth visiting if you live far away and are ready for the peaceful, captivating and relaxing experience.
- It is the perfect location to spend the day with the family, especially when the kids are off from school.
- You won’t be disappointed with the variety of natural landscapes that you’ll get to see.
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”
Roundhay park covers more than 700 acres of parkland and woodland and has two lakes ‘Upper Lake’ and ‘Waterloo Lake’. This park is also known to be one of the biggest city parks in Europe, so if you fancy a nice day out filled with nice views, I still highly recommend visiting this place. I was able to take a long walk around Waterloo Lake but to my regret once I got home I found out about the Upper lake and different fountains and small gardens that I didn’t get to see.
You will also find a folly built to resemble a castle overlooking Waterloo lake, which apparently was built in 1811 by a local builder called George Nettleton. In architecture, a structure like this is usually built for decoration purposes even though it shows in its appearance to be the remaining of an old medieval castle.
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru
Overall I enjoyed my day trip and funny enough when some of my friends saw the pictures they thought I went to a different country without telling them. This shows how if you take a bit of time to research local attractions and get out of your comfort zone you will actually feel like you’ve been somewhere else and won’t be disappointed.
“ Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” Jennifer Lee.
”Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you.”
Where shall we go next?